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No, gun violence is not a 'public health' issue
Forbes
The American College of Physicians recently stated in a policy paper, "Firearm violence is not only a criminal justice issue but also a public health threat." Danny Franklin (who works for a consulting firm advising the Obama Administration) recently wrote in The Washington Post that, "Framing the danger of guns as a public health risk will change the debate over gun control." However, this blurring of the lines is misguided.
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Second Amendment scholar Steve Halbrook predicts DC will enact 'may issue' statute
VSSA
VideoBrief On the July 30 NRANews Cam and Company on The Sportsman Channel, VSSA Life Member and Second Amendment Scholar Steve Halbrook talked about the recent ruling in the U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. (Palmer v. District of Columbia) that struck down the District's ban on handgun carry outside of the home. On July 29, a 90-day stay was granted to allow the City Council to comply with the ruling or file an appeal. During the discussion, Halbrook predicted that D.C. would likely enact a "May Issue" permitting system given the fact that after Heller, the Council actually made it harder to register a firearm.
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The Well Armed Woman
VSSA
It's almost old news that women are the fastest growing segment of the gun owning community. Recently, NRANews Cam and Company host Cam Edwards spoke with Carrie Lightfoot, the founder of The Well Armed Woman, a one-stop shop for firearm education, accessories and networking for women who wish to carry. In the interview, Carrie talks about the continued growth of the organization, as well as the growth of women taking concealed carry courses and NRA "Refuse to Be A Victim" seminars.
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Democrat state Senate candidate: I don't think you ought to be able to sell somebody an AR-15
VSSA
VideoBrief VSSA recently posted on it's Facebook page that Democrat State Senate candidate Mike Hymes had made some comments related to his view of what gun owners should or should not be able to do.
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2014 Virginia State YES returns to Richmond
Friends of NRA
Sixteen youth from across the Commonwealth of Virginia traveled to Richmond from July 10-13 to attend the Virginia Youth Education Summit (YES) program. The students toured the Capitol building and visited other sites around Richmond to learn more about Virginia government and history while competing for $1,750 in scholarships. At the closing awards luncheon, Savannah Easter of Amelia was selected to represent Virginia at National YES in the Washington, D.C., area next June.
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The great equalizer
American Rifleman
Fourteen-year-old Lee Wills is currently in sixth place in 3-Gun Nation's Junior Division. A move up to fifth place would qualify him for a shoot-off that could punch his ticket onto the Pro Tour. But he has his 14th surgery scheduled — an altogether-too-familiar routine that began when he was four months old.
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Gun ban lobby shifts messaging to 'guns and violence against women'
VSSA
VideoBrief You've probably seen or heard that domestic violence is the new front in the gun control battle. First, it's not that new because they've been trying that approach in the Virginia General Assembly for several years. And, a "summit" on "gun violence" at UVA last December suggested this as one approach to pass new restrictions on the rights of law abiding gun owners. The release of a new ad by Michael Bloomberg's Everytown for Gun Safety targeting three GOP U.S. Senators topped many of the news reports.
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Federal court upholds ATF gun reporting requirement for border state FFLs
Guns.com
The controversial 2011 requirement by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives for gun dealers along the U.S.-Mexico border to report two or more rifle sales made within five days has been upheld by a federal court on July 28. The case came after a letter was issued to Federal Firearms License holders in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas that instructed them to report to ATF whenever, during a five business day period, the same eligible buyer purchases two or more semi-automatic rifles chambered higher than .22 caliber.
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Hunters shoot for bargain-priced deer guns in Virginia
Gun Digest
As would be expected for the 2013-2014 deer season, Virginia retailers saw an uptick in calibers perfect for putting venison on the table. At one firearms outlet, however, there was a marked trend in exactly what hunter were searching for in a deer gun. All in all, the top sellers at Oceana Pawn, Gun, Bait & Tackle have been guns that go light on the wallet.
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No, gun violence is not a 'public health' issue
Forbes
The American College of Physicians recently stated in a policy paper, "Firearm violence is not only a criminal justice issue but also a public health threat." Danny Franklin (who works for a consulting firm advising the Obama Administration) recently wrote in The Washington Post that, "Framing the danger of guns as a public health risk will change the debate over gun control." However, this blurring of the lines is misguided.

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10 common mistakes in self-defense firearms training
PoliceOne.com
As a firearms instructor of police and civilians, a firearms store owner and a longtime "gun guy," Shannon Thrasher likes to think he's seen it all when it comes to firearms techniques: the good, the bad and the ugly. And while there isn't a "right way" when dealing with self-defense firearms training, there are many wrong ways. Here are 10 of the most common mistakes.

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7 reasons why pocket pistols may not be for you
American Rifleman
Over the last few years, pocket-sized pistols have dominated the concealed-carry handgun market. More makes and models of these ultra-compact, lightweight defensive firearms are available than ever before. These diminutive guns are convenient for daily carry and useful when larger defensive options cannot be employed. However, pocket pistols have certain limitations that new or inexperienced handgunners need to be aware of before they commit to buying one.

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Hospital shooting: A blow to gun control advocates
Liberty Voice
On July 24, Richard Plotts met with his psychiatrist, Dr. Lee Silverman, and caseworker Theresa Hunt, in Darby, Pennsylvania. Police report that during an argument, Plotts shot and killed Hunt before turning his gun on Silverman, which prompted the psychiatrist to draw his firearm and defend himself. Pro-gun rights supporters view Silverman's use of a legally possessed handgun to engage the shooting suspect in self-defense, and in the defense of other hospital employees and patients, as a blow to arguments made by gun control advocates.
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Tennessee Arms makes the 'Ghost Gun' a reality
Guns.com
VideoBrief The Tennessee Arms Company has just made a lot of dreams come true. This polymer receiver company has just announced clear AR-15 lower receivers — real-life Ghost Guns. Since the emergence of polymer receivers on the AR-15 market people have been wondering if it would be possible to produce a clear lower receiver. Against odds, the Tennessee Arms Company has developed one.
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Best new personal defense handgun ammo for 2014
Handguns
With all of the advancements in modern defensive ammunition, it's easy to forget that we're talking about something very simple: throwing a piece of metal hard enough and fast enough to make bad guys reconsider their choices in life. Private citizens require the same performance from their ammo as does law enforcement — they need it to stop the threat. Handguns magazine rounded up the best new personal defense ammunition for 2014 to keep your sidearms loaded with the latest and greatest.
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How to break in a new leather holster
Gun Digest
Often, a new leather holster is stiff and tight. This means it will be hard to draw your handgun from the rig, and it also may be hard to fully seat your weapon in the rig initially. Many leather rigs have adjustment screws, useful for adjusting to your gun both initially and when leather shrinks from heat, moisture, sweat and humidity. If your leather holster does not have adjustment screws and is too tight to draw from effectively, the solution is to break in the holster with your unloaded handgun.
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VSSA membership and Legislative Alerts
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Keep the information flowing! Go to www.myvssa.org and join or renew your VSSA membership. VSSA is the NRA state affiliate, since 1938. Please encourage your gun owning friends and family to join!

David Adams
Legislative Director
Virginia Shooting Sports Association

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